Greece: Reduced VAT Rate Comes into Effect on Monday
Following previous news regarding VAT reduction in Greece for tea, coffee and other beverages on supermarket shelves that are being cut from 24 percent to 13 percent, Greece has now updated this and has announced that they will be adding several other items to this lower rate of tax which will also include items that are sold at restaurants and cafes. Products that have been added to the lower VAT bracket include olive oil, meat and fish, cocoa and standardized non-fresh foods. These changes will come into effect as from next week Monday.
There will also be a cut in electricity and gas bills too, which is subject to 6 percent VAT rather than 13 percent.
Amazon introduces new flight booking service in India
On Saturday, Amazon announced that people in India can now use their service to book their domestic flights in addition to shopping, money transfers, utility payments and mobile charges via their app. Amazon partnered up with Cleartrip an online travel and leisure activities platform, which helped bring the idea to fruition. Amazon declared that they would not charge consumers additional charges for ticket cancellations; however, they would need to pay the airline cancellation fee. Customers can find this feature on the Amazon app and website by locating the flights icon on the Amazon pay page.
“We’re delighted to add domestic flight bookings enabling customers to do more with their Amazon mobile app and for prime members to get more value from their membership”, (Shariq Plasticwala, Director, Amazon Pay).
Amazon withdraws 33 products Due to Protest
On Friday Amazon -.com was forced to remove 33 products from its site due to products that were deemed offensive to the Hindu community which led to several Lakh citizens logging their protest online on Change,org. Furthermore, #BoycottAmazon trended on Twitter with over 33,000 tweets.
E-commerce Giant Amazon was selling products such as toilet rugs that featured a painting of Lord Genesha, commode covers with Lord Shiva and sandals with photos of Mahatma Gandhi on its international site Amazon.com which were supplied by foreign sellers.
This isn't the first time that Amazon has been under fire for selling products online that have offended the Indian community. In 2017 Amazon's Canadian arm was selling doormats that had the Indian flag on it, and during the same year, Union Minister Rajinath Singh threatened the US company with FIR if they continued selling skateboards with images of Lord Ganesha on them.